ASTD Rates Impact of L&D Efforts

Two recent research reports from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) show that learning executives are confident about the future of learning and development efforts, but to achieve the greatest impact more effort is needed to align learning initiatives and goals to business outcomes.

ASTD’s Learning Executive Confidence Index (LXCI) for the fourth quarter of 2013 reached an all-time high of 69.9, a two-point increase over the Q3 index of 67.9. The confidence in learning programs to impact corporate productivity is also reflected in the recent ASTD research report “The Value of Learning: Gauging the Business Impact of Organizational Learning Programs.” 

Key findings in the report:

>>88% of respondents evaluate learning effectiveness, but the majority have been doing it for less than six years.

>>Slightly more than 75% measure the business impact of learning, but only 13% have been doing this for more than six years.

>>70% of organizations do not have staff dedicated to evaluating the learning/business impact connection.

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